Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong received two specialist Cuban doctors seconded to the County for a two -year contract on Sunday evening with calls for changes in health policies.
The two are Dr. David Rodrigues and Sorangel Taylor are family physician (medical specialist devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages) and nephrologist (kidney specialist) respectively.
‘’ It is also good news to the County that one of our doctors will undergo a two-year family physician training in Cuba. Kakamega received a critical care specialist, Vihiga received a cardiologist with Bungoma receiving a urologist. These doctors can move within the region.
The arrival of the two doctors is good news to the county since they will blend with our doctors in the county. Cuba has a reputation in Medicare service delivery. I hope they will change the attitude of our medical fraternity and to restore the work culture which is lacking in Kenya,’’ he said.
The Governor said the country needs policy changes to restore sanity in the health sector, adding that most doctors deliver services outside their counties and they go scot-free since the law protects them. He regretted that the county has over 50 doctors but only 15 are working in the county’s health institutions. That is why we need changes in policies.’’
Those who accompanied the two specialists included County Executive Committee Member for Health and Sanitation Phaustine Barasa, Chief Officer Dr. Isaac Omeri and Busia County Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. David Mukabi.
The Governor told Dr. Mukabi to ensure the referral hospital lives up to its reputation by having the doctors available around the clock and residents getting better service delivery.
A total of 100 Cuban doctors were deployed to all the 47 counties. They underwent training at the Kenya School of Government on how health care system works before being deployed to counties.